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What other languages do we speak

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kopernikus

Well my mother tongue is Swedish. And the nice thing about speaking a Scandinavian language is that you can claim to know the others ones as well (Norweigan, Danish) since they're really dialects of the same tongue ... It's kinda silly that we aren't just one nationstate instead of three if you ask me. So, I know 4 languages... ;) Of course I study Mandarin as well or I wouldn't be here

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smithsgj

But kopernikus is it necessarily so? Isn't there one nationality (Norwegians?) that can't understand one of the others (DAnes?)?

I've overheard conversations between Scandinavians where communication has broken down and they've been forced to use English, I'm fairly sure.

Your argument is trundled out quite frequently as evidence that Cantonese and Mandarin are separate languages blah blah.

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wushijiao

spanish, putonghua (learning), some russian

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kopernikus

Well, ok, I have to admit that as a Swede it's sometimes hard to understand the Danes, and it gets harder the farther away from Sweden they grew up. But it's mostly a matter of the way the prunounce things, it's like they've got their mouths stuffed with porridge all the time. This seems to have become worse the last years, and I heard of a study that said that Danish toddlers have a smaller vocabulary than their counterparts in other countries - simply because the Danish words are harder to distinguish from each other! But of course they catch up over time...

So yes, to be honest I prefer using English when talking to Danes, problem is the ones I've met have seemed slightly offended when I switched... So we've usually went with them speaking slowly (I'd rather have them speak clearly, but I don't think they know the difference! :twisted: ), repeating every other sentence a couple of times :roll:

Yeah, using the notion of what a nationstate should be to argue over language is pretty clumsy, especially when applying the concept to an entire civilization... Compared to 18 million Scandinavians.

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Guest Arsenii

-I speak Romanian and

-Russian as mother and Father's languages.

-English

-PutongHua (can read, speak, but listen badly)

-Japanese (almost have forgotten the material I have learne in a year)

-some (half a year learning) Bahasa Melayu (Indonesia).

Hey, guys!

Do u use instant messengers? We could practise languages on line:)

Yahoo! Messenger:

[email protected]

MSN:

[email protected]

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250-809-723

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Guest Martinshanghai

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Shanghainese (some), (Latin, some Greek :wink: )

M.

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Guest high_criteria

english

nepali

chinese

hindi(never studied but can understand and speak) ;)

well, i want to learn french and japanese in addition...

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Guest high_criteria
English' date=' French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Shanghainese (some), (Latin, some Greek :wink: )

M.[/quote']

oh my gosh!!!

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Lu

Dutch, English, Mandarin, German, I used to know French, and studied Latin and Greek. I plan to learn some Spanish, and if I ever get the oppprtunity I'll study Cantonese 'cause I can't stand not understanding them.

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seahorse

I can speak mongolian,chinese,english.

and my english is better than my mongolian,so I feel bad,cos I'm a mongolian.

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smithsgj
Hi, I speak English and Mien only.

Mien. Wassat?

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ankong

Sa was dee krup - I can speak Thai, and I would like to learn more Putonghua.

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Guest MienhSieqv
Hi' date=' I speak English and Mien only.[/quote']

Mien. Wassat?

Mien? go to www.iumien.com there's a dictionary.

I'm the nationality of Iu Mien and I speak Mien.

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Guest Merlin

Hmm... I speak:

Russian

Hebrew

English

And a little bit of some other languages :)

anata wa?

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OM3RTA

Hi

I speak: Indonesian (somewhat the same as Malay)

Mandarin

English

I'm from Indonesia btw... 8)

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ashe

Well lets see

I know English

I can say how old are you,1 - 10, hello, goodbye and so on in mandarin I'm learning something every day!!

I can use sign language too!!

lol my chinese teacher @ school is cool 8)

Ashe

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geek_frappa

:shock: i think the only person who can beat that resume is her:

albright.jpg

she speaks so many languages fluently... it's scary. :D

Madeleine Albright

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